Paramount Plus Releases Documentary Trailer for This Famed Civil Rights Icon

The Rebellious Mrs. Rosa Parks
‘The Rebellious Mrs. Rosa Parks’ on Paramount Plus (Image credit: Paramount Plus)

Paramount Plus has offered a first-look trailer at its documentary on the life of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, which debuts on the streaming service October 19.

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, based on the Jeanne Theoharis biography and executive-produced by Soledad O'Brien, looks at Parks's often overlooked breadth of accomplishments and the impact of her fight to overcome racial injustice, according to Paramount Plus. The documentary will feature personal stories from her family as well as interviews from academics and activists such as Bryan Stevenson, Patrisse Cullors and Ericka Huggins.

"The Rosa Parks of American history — the quiet, demure and tired seamstress taking a seat on the bus — is simply a fable," O'Brien said in a statement. "The real Rosa Parks, whom we explore in the film, is a lifelong activist, outspoken strategist and freedom fighter."

Along with O'Brien, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks is executive produced by Jo Honig, Patrick Conway, Yoruba Richen and Johanna Hamilton. ■ 

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